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Winter Olympics

Winter is a time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather, particularly in places where there is lots of snow! Read about Olympic history, how athletes (human and animal) train for and participate in various sports, and the science of snow. Whether indoors or outside, you'll enjoy the winter games as you watch them and read about them.

In 2018, the Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Learn more about the history and culture of the host country: Explore Korea with Picture Books.

A Kid's Guide to the 2018 Winter Games

By: Jack Roberts
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An introduction to all 15 sport disciplines for the Winter Olympics as well as some of the top Team USA athletes. The book includes a history of the Winter Olympics with fun facts and trivia, as well as a Medal Tracker to keep track of the gold, silver, and bronze medals that Team USA brings home.

Callie Cat, Ice Skater

By: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by: Anne Kennedy
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Callie Cat loves to ice skate. When the Honeybrook Ice Rink announces a contest, everyone thinks it could be Callie's big chance! She wants to win the big prize ... doesn't she?

Cross-Country Cat

By: Mary Calhoun
Illustrated by: Erick Ingraham
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What kind of cat would go sliding off on skis, and who'd believe it anyway? When the family accidentally leaves Henry, their sassy Siamese, behind at the ski lodge, he takes matters into his own paws in this lively adventure.

Dino-Hockey

By: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by: Barry Gott
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In an ice-hockey match unrivalled in prehistory, this is the tale of the Meat-Eaters taking on the Veggiesaurs. By sorting teams into carnivores and herbivores the author sneaks in a science lesson in this amusing pairing of sport and prehistoric beasts.

Elympics

By: X.J. Kennedy
Illustrated by: Graham Percy
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A collection of fast-paced poetry follows a cast of spirited pachyderms as they compete for gold in a variety of Olympic sports, such as diving, triathlon, hammer throw, and figure skating.

Freeze Frame: A History of the Winter Olympics

By: Sue Macy
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The winter games began in France in 1924. This compelling examination of their start, the evolution of the games, and more are revealed in photographs and compelling text. It is current through the 2006 winter Olympic Games.

Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

By: Chris Van Dusen
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In this rhyming adventure, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee learn to ski. They didn't expect to run into a very curious moose, however, which turns their outing a real cliffhanger!

Max and Marla

By: Alexandra Boiger
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Max and Marla are best friends. And aspiring Olympians! With their eyes on the prize, they know exactly what it’ll take to reach sledding success: preparation, practice and perseverance.

Olympics

By: B.G. Hennessy
Illustrated by: Michael Chesworth
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An overview of what's involved in putting on and participating in the Olympics. Learn about the opening ceremonies, the many Olympic events in the Summer and Winter games, the medal presentations, and the Olympic village.

Skating Superstars

By: Scholastic, Inc.
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Figure skating has become a popular Winter Olympics sport. Meet well-known figure skaters from around the world in full color photographs and a readable but brief text. A table of contents allows newly independent readers to easily find their favorite skater in this collective biography.

Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics

By: Yossi Lapid
Illustrated by: Joanna Pasek
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What would you be willing to do for a Winter Olympics gold medal? This story celebrates winter, following your dreams, and staying true to who you are. Meet Snowman Paul, who is energetic and playful — a snowman with big dreams who's not afraid to be different.

Snowy Sports: Ready, Set, Play!

By: Per-Henrik Gurth
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Bright, boldly colored illustrations depict how young animals prepare to play outdoor winter games and sports. This basic, primarily visual introduction will serve as a simple introduction to lesser and well-known outdoor activities.

Tacky and the Winter Games

By: Helen Lester
Illustrated by: Lynn Munsinger
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tacky and his friends are training for the Winter Games and when the competition finally arrives, the other animals are worried that Tacky's lack of training will ruin their chance at a medal. Along with the humor, the author brings in many facets of the Olympics: training before the games, the march of the athletes into the stadium for the opening ceremonies that include the lighting of a torch.

The Mystery of the Stolen Snowboard (Boxcar Children Mysteries)

By: Gertrude Chandler Warner, Tim Jessell
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The winter sports season is here, and the Aldens are excited about all the snow activities — especially snowboarding. But soon they find themselves in the middle of a mystery surrounding a star athlete and a stolen snowboard.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder

By: Mark Cassino
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What makes snow crystals unique? What conditions allow their formation? How does one catch a snowflake? These and additional information and activities about snow are explored in this lucid and attractive presentation just right as one watches winter games.

The Winter Olympics

By: Nick Hunter
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Published in anticipation of the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, this book includes Winter Olympics’ history, events, symbols, and controversies, as well as a chapter on the Winter Paralympics. Full-color action photos are accompanied by facts on the Olympics and Olympic athletes of the past. Back matter includes a table of top medal-winning countries, a world map, and a selective list of relevant websites.

Yes, I Can! The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team

By: Devon Harris
Illustrated by: Ricardo Cortés
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The story of the original Jamaican Bobsled Team is about having the courage to pursue your dreams, perseverance, and defining success in your own terms. The 4-man team competed at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada — and although they didn't win a medal, they won the heart of the entire world. The author, who wrote the story in poetry form, was a member of the team.

Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet

By: Matt Napier
Illustrated by: Melanie Rose
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An a-to-z introduction to ice hockey and some highlights from its history. For example, "U is for Team USA-/Who, to everyone's surprise,/at Lake Placid won Olympic Gold/before a nation filled with pride." The use of Canadian spelling is a tribute to the origins of the game. Bold acrylic paintings depict professional players, as well as youngsters at play.

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